The Best Vacations for Every Type of Couple (Including Work Wives)
If the summer heat wave has you daydreaming of your next escape, we're here to help. Plane tickets are more fun to purchase than air conditioners anyway, right? When it comes to summer vacationing, your plus-one often dictates the party. Broken down according to whom you plan on choosing as your cohort, we've compiled a curated list of retreats that promise to satisfy every relationship in that little black book of yours. From adrenaline-fueled island adventures to remote wilderness spas, these idyllic spots will have you reaching for your passport and your special someone, whether it's your pet or your work wife.
Traveling with a new love can be trial by fire in the relationship arena. Disruptions in daily routines, unforeseen costs, and punctuated bursts of stress are to be expected in any journey. That's why we're advocating strongly for a low-key jaunt to Texas's capital city. For the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, Austin is as chill as they come. The bourgeoning foodie culture turns out five-star food trucks as easily as gourmet formal dining. Take advantage of a Southwest Airlines flash sale and duck away for the weekend. Two-step at The Broken Spoke. Get some breakfast tacos after a swim at Barton Springs. By all means, stay at our favorite boutique hotel, Saint Cecilia (or wait until Kelly Wearstler opens her new roost).
The bond between work wives is a sacred one. She's the person you share everything with, from late-night deadline crunches to impromptu happy hours. Escaping with your professional partner in crime calls for the perfect alchemy of seclusion and pampering. Glamping delivers in spades. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is the ultimate in outdoor revelry and retreat. Two words: massage tents. Fresh mountain air, five-star cuisine, and wide-open spaces will leave you feeling anything but burned out.
For the individual in your life who lives for pushing the envelope and challenging you to expand your horizons, there's no place like Oz. An explorers' paradise, Australia offers something for every personality. Introverts will dig the secluded beaches and lush rainforests, while party hounds can indulge their every sense in Melbourne and Sydney's rich cultures. Located on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia is a scuba diver's dream. Taking in the natural wonders of the world with room service on call? That is exactly our speed.
Get your Eat, Pray, Love on with your crew at the W Retreat & Spa Bali. The lush, tropical gardens provide an oasis far from the maddening rush of daily stressors. Hit reset by meditating daily, mastering your yoga headstands, and adventuring as a squad about the island. As with all tropical destinations, be sure to do your due diligence in researching Zika threats if anyone in your group is expecting.
Want to go off grid with your spouse or long-term love? Put Tahiti at the top of your list. The island paradise is a gold mine. It's all white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and (our personal favorite) French food galore. One would be hard-pressed to find a more decadent Sunday Funday than indulging in fresh fish with Tahitian vanilla crème sauce in an over-the-water bungalow. Each island, from Bora Bora to Mo'orea, has its own distinctive vibe. We suggest hopping around via ferry or seaplane for a week.
A (wo)man's best friend is a welcome guest at the picturesque Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantando in Santa Fe. New Mexico is the perfect getaway for dog lovers. Full of hiking trails and epic flea markets, you'll have the green light to go adventuring together almost anywhere. Traveling with a pup is easier than you might think.
For your bestie who loves the nightlife, head to the Greek Islands. In Mykonos, you'll find a lively summer scene to tap into, along with spectacular views, utterly Instagram-worthy poolside moments, and an ever-so-chic monochromatic vibe. Pack your white linen pieces and some ABBA records.
Where are you traveling this summer? Let us in on your plans.